Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Squeeze make long awaited reunion album, songwriters tour America

Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook are stronger now than they’ve ever been.

“We reformed Squeeze in 2007,” says Glenn. “Things went so well, here we are eight years later. Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on, we really needed to work on new material.”

The result is "
Cradle To The Grave," their first album of new songs together since 1998. It is due out Nov. 13.

Listen to first single: “Happy Days” 
Chris' lyrics and Glenn's music have prevailed through turbulent times over the past four decades, from the ever-changing musical landscape to their own internal reshuffles and an acrimonious break-up.
In addition the pair will head to the U.S. in November and December for ‘The At Odds Couple’ Tour – seeing Glenn and Chris reflecting on their careers, as part of Squeeze and as solo artists, sharing not only the music but also giving an insight in to what makes the two of them tick as a partnership.

Chris says of their fresh songs: “We’ve grown up a lot in the last few years, musically. We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow.”

Squeeze have released 13 studio albums – ‘Squeeze’ (’78), ‘Cool For Cats’ (’79), ‘Argybargy’ (’80), ‘East Side Story’ (’81), ‘Sweets From A Stranger’ (’82), ‘Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti’ (’85), ‘Babylon And On’ (’87), ‘Frank’ (’89), ‘Play’ (’91), ‘Some Fantastic Place’ (’93), ‘Ridiculous’ (’95), ‘Domino’ (’98) and the re-recording of their classic hits ‘Spot The Difference’ (‘10).

Tracklisting for "Cradle To The Grave":

1. Cradle To The Grave
2. Nirvana
3. Beautiful Game
4. Happy Days
5. Open
6. Only 15
7. Top Of The Form
8. Sunny
9. Haywire
10. Honeytrap
11. Everything
12. Snap, Crackle And Pop

Tour Dates:

13 Nov – Grove Of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
14 Nov – Wilshire Ebell, Los Angeles, CA
15 Nov – HOB, San Diego, CA
18 Nov – City Winery, Napa, CA
19 Nov – City Winery, Napa, CA
20 Nov – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
24 Nov – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
25 Nov – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN **Just Added – due to popular demand**
27 Nov – Park West, Chicago, IL
28 Nov – Park West, Chicago, IL
29 Nov – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

1 Dec – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
2 Dec- Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
4 Dec – The Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
5 Dec – Scottish Rite, Collingwood, NJ
6 Dec – Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
7 Dec – Count Basie, Red Bank, NJ
9 Dec – Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY
10 Dec – The Wilbur, Boston, MA
11 Dec – The Ridegefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
12 Dec – Paramount Theater, Huntington, NY
13 Dec – Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY
14 Dec – Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ
16 Dec – Troy Music Hall, Troy, NY
17 Dec – Best Buy Theater, New York, NY
18 Dec – Best Buy Theater, New York, NY

Mike Peters updates The Alarm's 'Strength' for 30th Anniversary

Mike Peters has re-arranged and re-recorded "Strength," his classic 1985 album with The Alarm.

Out now via Twenty First Century Records, this new 30th Anniversary edition  features the Welsh singer/songwriter's stripped-down versions of such UK hits as "Spirit Of '76" and "Absolute Reality."

The title track means more to Peters now than it did back then. 

"Almost 10 years after its original release, I was diagnosed with cancer and the second line of the song, 'Who will be the lifeblood coursing through my veins,' gave me the will to survive," he admits.

"Playing music has kept me alive through 20 years of outrunning the disease. The song also gave its name to the Love Hope Strength foundation that I co-founded in 2007 and has helped build cancer centers around the world and through the 'Get On The List' donor drives we host at concerts in the USA/UK, signed over 100,000 people to the international marrow registry and helped find some 1800 potentially lifesaving matches for people like me, who suffer from blood cancer and need a second chance at life. It was important to me that this journey was reflected in the new version of the song as it celebrates 30 years since being born."  

Besides the updated "Strength," Peters' 30th anniversary reworking of The Alarm's full-length '84 debut album, "Declaration" (previously unreleased in North America) is also available now. Both albums are on vinyl, CD and digital.

In 2007, Mike Peters, a two-time cancer survivor himself, co-founded Love Hope Strength, the world's leading rock and roll cancer foundation. Inspired by the powerful words he had written decades earlier, the charity promotes innovative, music-related outreach and awareness programs for cancer sufferers and their families.

Since 2010, the Love Hope Strength foundation has been hosting donor drives at concerts and festivals across the globe and has registered upwards of 100,000 individuals to the International Bone Marrow Registry. Through these registrations, to date the foundation has provided more than 1,800 life-saving matches. For more information on Love Hope Strength, visit

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Ocean Blue vinyl reissues

The Ocean Blue will reissue its first three albums - The Ocean Blue (1989), Cerulean (1991) and Beneath The Rhythm and Sound (1993) - on vinyl on Nov. 20 via Shelflife/Korda Records.

Both Beneath The Rhythm and Sound and Cerulean are being issued on vinyl for the first time ever. The band will also perform their S/T debut and Cerulean in full on fall tour (full dates below). A new full length record is in the works and slated for release in 2016.

Debuting on Sire Records in 1989,
The Ocean Blue achieved widespread acclaim, radio and MTV airplay. The band of four high schoolers from Hershey, Pennsylvania went on to do two more well-received records for Sire, the atmospheric Cerulean and alt-pop Beneath the Rhythm and Sound, and a fourth record for Mercury/PolyGram, See The Ocean Blue, before leaving the majors in the late 90s.

They did several independent releases in the 2000s, including Davy Jones Locker and Waterworks, and in 2013 released their first full length record in over 10 years, Ultramarine, on Korda Records, a new Minneapolis cooperative label that the band helped launch in late 2012.

A new full length record is in the works and slated for release in 2016.

11/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11/19 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
11/20 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
11/21 - Washington, DC - Jammin Java
11/22 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club

Vinyl Reissues
Track List: 

The Ocean Blue
Side 1
Between Something and Nothing
Vanity Fair
Drifting, Falling
The Circus Animals
Frigid Winter Days
Just Let Me Know

Side 2
Love Song
Ask Me Jon
Awaking To A Dream
The Office Of A Busy Man
A Familiar Face


Side 1
Breezing Up
A Separate Reality
Questions Of Travel

Side 2
When Life Was Easy
The Planetarium Scene
Falling Through The Ice
Ballerina Out Of Control
Hurricane Amore
I've Sung One Too Many Songs For A Crowd That Didn't Want To Hear

Beneath The Rhythm and Sound 

Side 1
Peace of Mind
Listen, It's Gone
Bliss is Unaware
Ice Skating at Night

Side 2
Don't Believe Everything You Hear
Cathedral Bells
The Relatives
Emotions Ring
Sea Of Green (Bonus Track)

Vintage Trouble tour dates

Vintage Trouble just kicked off a U.S. headline tour in support of its Blue Note Records debut, 1 Hopeful Rd.

The band will tape its "Austin City Limits" debut on Oct. 6. Tickets for the 1 Hopeful Rd. tour, which includes a show at Webster Hall in New York City on Oct. 23, are available via the band's website.

See below for itinerary.

After five months on the road with AC/DC in Europe and North America, Vintage Trouble returned to its hometown of Los Angeles to play Dodger Stadium with the Australian band. The show was the final stop on the North American leg of AC/DC's Rock Or Bust World Tour.

Vintage Trouble will kick off its own European headline tour on Nov. 7 in the U.K. These video clips capture the band performing two songs from 1 Hopeful Rd.:

Watch "Run Like The River" from "Late Night with Seth Meyers" HERE
View live, in-studio performance of "Doin' What You Were Doin'" HERE

The Orange County Register noted, "The firebrand front man's sultry pipes and electrifying stage presence often brought to mind Wilson Pickett, 'Gasoline Alley'-era Rod Stewart and even James Brown."

1 Hopeful Rd. debuted in the Top 5 of Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and in the Top 20 of the UK Album chart. The track "Strike Your Light" was a No. 1 radio single in Japan, where the album was No. 2 on the iTunes Rock Album chart.1 Hopeful Rd. is available now at all music retailers, including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, and can be streamed on Spotify. It was produced by GRAMMY®-winner Don Was, who is president of Blue Note Records.

Vintage Trouble - comprising Ty Taylor (vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Richard Danielson (drums) and Rick Barrio Dill (bass) - made its debut with the independently released album The Bomb Shelter Sessions. Soon after its release, the band was selling out headline shows worldwide, opening for The Rolling Stones and touring with The Who, and performing on shows like "Later...with Jools Holland,""Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Conan" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live"- all before signing to a major label.

Vintage Trouble - North American Headline Dates

10/7 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues, Cambridge Room
10/8 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/9 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's Uptown
10/13 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10/14 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
10/16 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
10/17 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
10/18 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
10/20 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10/21 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
10/23 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall - Marlin Room
10/24 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Theatre of Living Arts
10/28 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
10/30 - Austin, TX @ Emo's

Goo Goo Dolls mark 20 years since 'A Boy Named Goo'

Goo Goo Dolls are celebrating the 20th anniversary of A Boy Named Goo this year with special vinyl, CD and digital releases of the album featuring seven previously unreleased tracks.

The new tracks were all recorded live at The Academy in New York back in November of 1995 and include both acoustic recordings and covers. All versions of this anniversary edition will be on sale Nov. 27.

Fans who pre-order now will receive the instant grat live version of "Long Way Down." Additionally, the band's multi-platinum hit album Dizzy Up the Girl will be available on vinyl for the first time starting on October 23. A limited number of signed copies will also be available for pre-order here:

Pre-order A Boy Named Goo 20th Anniversary edition:

The Goo Goo Dolls have become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums since 1986. They have scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format), including "Name," "Slide," and "Iris," the latter spending nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks.

Comprising vocalist/guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac, the group has  received four Grammy Award nominations and released nine studio albums. Rzeznik has also been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.

A Boy Named Goo 20th AnniversaryTracklisting:

1. Long Way Down
2. Burnin' Up
3. Naked
4. Flat Top
5. Impersonality
6. Name
7. Only One
8. Somethin' Bad
9. Ain't That Unusual
10. So Long
11. Eyes Wide Open
12. Disconnected
13. Slave Girl
14. Long Way Down*
15. Name*
16. Naked*
17. Impersonality*
18. Million Miles Away* (Plimsouls cover)
19. Don't Change* (INXS cover)
20. Flat Top*
*Previously unreleased, live, all from The Academy, New York, NY 11/21/95

Stagecoach 2016 ticket on sale details

STAGECOACH 2016--set for Friday, April 29, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016--marks the festival’s 10th year at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.

Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church will headline the 3-day event with additional performances by Chris Young, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Eric Paslay, A Thousand Horses, John Fogerty, Emmylou Harris, The Doobie Brothers, Chris Stapleton and many more.

Tickets for STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL go on sale Friday, October 9 at 11:00 AM PDT at

Three-day GA weekend passes are $299. Also available, the Corral Standing Pit, a standing room only section directly in front of the Mane stage OR Corral Reserved Seating, each with VIP access to the Saloon. All taxes, shipping and fees are included in listed ticket prices. What you see is what you pay! Pay in full or choose the EZ Pay purchase plan for up to 3 equal payments through December. Children 10 and under are free.

For complete festival information please visit

Stagecoach 2016 lineup revealed